Amakhosi look to break winless run

Kaizer Chiefs will square off with Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is at 6pm.

Amakhosi recorded their third consecutive goalless winless run in the league when they drew with AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday.

As a result, Chiefs are placed sixth on the league standings with 15 points from 11 matches. They are three points behind log leaders Baroka FC.

Meanwhile, Stars extended their winless run to three games in the league when they drew 1-1 with Chippa United at Goble Park on Wednesday.

The draw left Ea Lla Koto placed 10th on the league standings with 12 points from 10 matches. They are three points behind fifth-placed Mamelodi Sundowns.

Possible starting line-ups

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Hadebe, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein, Molangoane, Páez, Parker.

Free State Stars: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie, Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Mphakisa, Dlamini, Mokhuoane, Jantjie, Manqele.

Head-to-Head

LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS

Season Result Scorers
2012/13 Stars 0-0 Chiefs
2012/13 Chiefs 2-1 Stars Letsholonyane, Parker; Fikru
2013/14 Stars 0-2 Chiefs Nkosi, Tshabalala
2013/14 Chiefs 1-1 Stars Mphela; Moloi
2014/15 Stars 0-1 Chiefs Lebese
2014/15 Chiefs 2-1 Stars Nkhatha, Nkosi; Mathoho (og)
2015/16 Chiefs 4-0 Stars Sankara (og), Lebese, Chakoroma (og), Tshabalala
2015/16 Stars 2-2 Chiefs Ngcobo, Tshabangu; Katsande (pen), Tshabalala
2016/17 Stars 0-2 Chiefs Katsande (pen), Katsvairo
2016/17 Chiefs 3-1 Stars Tshabalala, Parker, Katsande; Mahamutsa

LEAGUE RECORD (since 1996)

Home P W D L GF GA
Chiefs 18 13 4 1 33 12
Stars 17 2 5 10 11 24

Away P W D L GF GA
Chiefs 17 10 5 2 24 11
Stars 18 1 4 13 12 33

Total P W D L GF GA
Chiefs 35 23 9 3 57 23
Stars 35 3 9 23 23 57

What are the teams saying

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela:

“We have a lot of homework to do," he said. "We have worked hard on our defence and have recorded numerous clean sheets. We are happy with that. Our finishing, however, remains a concern. We will work on it though and hope to improve in our next match (against Free State Stars).”

Free State Stars head coach Luc Eymael

"We were very unfortunate against United because they scored very late," he said. “We are now focusing on our game against Chiefs, who drew with AmaZulu in midweek. Chiefs are a good team with good players, but we will be looking for a win. We will be ready for them."

Kaizer Chiefs key players

Itumeleng Khune: The accomplished goalkeeper has been one of the most consistent players in the league this season. The Chiefs shot-stopper, who was named Man of the Match against AmaZulu, will be eager to keep his fourth consecutive clean sheet in the league against Stars.

Gustavo Paez: The Venezuelan striker is currently enduring a scoring drought having scored his last league goal against Maritzburg United in September, 2017. The 27-year-old forward will be hoping to break his scoring duck on Saturday and help his side end their winless run.

Free State Stars key players

Nyiko Mobbie: The 23-year-old, who is reportedly on the radar of Chiefs and their rivals Orlando Pirates, has been a relevation for Ea Lla Koto this season. The defender will be looking to play an important in helping Stars defeat Amakhosi in Durban.

Edward Manqele: The experienced striker has rediscovered his scoring touch having scored three goals in his last four league games. The former Chiefs forward will be keen to haunt the Soweto giants and help Ea Lla Koto return to winning ways.